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Overview "In a rapidly changing world it is difficult to know how to renew our vision of life. But that, according to Kyle Strobel, is the key to transformation in the Christian life and in the world. So how does one develop an orthodox worldview in the midst of a culture in flux? Metamorpha invites readers to look to the Bible, the Holy Spirit, and community as "informers" used by Christ to grow, mold, and form us into his image. Rather than taking a position on what view readers should have, Strobel helps Christians use these three informers to develop a vision of life that will both guide their ways of relating to the world and weather the winds of change."
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Studio: Baker Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Apr 30, 2007
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 0801067731 ISBN13 9780801067730
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More About Kyle Strobel
Kyle Strobel (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is professor of theology at Grand Canyon University and research associate at the University of Free State (Bloemfontein). Strobel previously published Jonathan Edwards' Theology: A Reinterpretation by T&T Clark and Formed for the Glory of God: Learning from the Spiritual Practices of Jonathan Edwards by InterVarsity Press.
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Looking for change? Metamorpha is for you Jun 8, 2009
If I were to recommend one book that sums up the way I believe we are to follow Christ to a friend, it would be Kyle Strobel's Metamorpha. I rarely come across a book that so plainly states very complicated ideas. This approachable text is enjoyable reading that provides thought provoking ideas you will be considering for days and weeks after completing the book. Of all the books on what the Church and its people should be doing out there today this is the one that I consistently recommend to friends who are looking at my bookshelf!
Well rounded Apr 29, 2008
Kyle Strobel is conversant with the emerging church and with the classic church. He has high regard for the greats of spiritual formation books such as Richard Foster and Dallas Willard. Since I do too, I felt quite comfortable with this book, but challenged as well.
Metamorpha= CHANGE! Apr 1, 2008
My Church is going through this life - changing experience together. I would recommend all to see that Jesus is a way of Life and NOT just something to do.
Real Transformation is Possible! Jun 4, 2007
I knew I had to read this book when I read the author's invitation at the very beginning: "This book is an invitation to transformation...It is about a willingness to change our minds, our perspectives, and our vision of life, because how we see affects who we are and who we will become." He speaks about a journey of redemption as opposed to being a Christian who's "arrived". You have to leave your assumptions and presuppositions behind as you seek to be reformed and renewed by the transforming of your mind. The author describes in-depth the informers (tools) God uses to help us on our journey, which are the Bible, the Spirit, and community. I wish I'd had this book years ago, but at least I've read it in time to disciple my 5 children to have "Jesus as a way of life".
A Worthy Contribution to the "Spiritual Formation" Genre May 26, 2007
In the introduction to this book, Kyle Strobel describes himself as both a "child of evangelicalism" and a "child of the emerging church." Unlike authors who find it impossible to move forward without killing their parents, however, Strobel describes a vision for spiritual formation and church life that is faithful to the best features of both of these perspectives.
Like many emergent thinkers, Strobel is convinced (and rightly so!) that the mere transmission of information cannot bring about the sort of inner change that should characterize the followers of Jesus. He invites us to understand the Christian life as a journey, to receive Jesus as our Lord and Master, indeed, to receive him "as a way of life." As he says on page 50, discipleship is not first and foremost "a call to right understanding" but "a call to right 'becoming.'" Strobel does not, however, reduce the Christian faith to a mere subjective experience or to a program for moral change. Rather, he argues that being formed in the image of Christ is a lengthy process of "worldview re-formation," a process that requires time and commitment. Most importantly, he argues, those who would follow Jesus must remain ever open to divine deconstruction of our assumptions and attitudes. "Jesus will take us on a journey through what we really believe about him, how we really think, and how much we depend on ourselves over him" (219).
This book really challenged me to re-evaluate my own life; I plan to read it again, more slowly, over the next few months. I would heartily recommend it to anyone who is thinking seriously about what it means to follow Christ in the 21st century. Its style makes it accessible to laypersons and pastors alike.